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MySpace Redesigned Site & iPhone App Brings Music Streaming

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MySpace is joining the music streaming business with the latest redesign of its website and new iOS app. The new site is designed to be a marketing platform for creative works and includes music streaming on both the site and in the app. The company hopes that musicians and artists will use their MySpace page as the destination for all things about their band.

The redesign has been in the works for two years, including a beta version of the site. The company has repositioned itself as a “social network for the creative community,” Chris Vanderhook, COO of MySpace told AppNewser.  As Tim Vanderhook, CEO of MySpace explained it, artists use lots of social media channels online, but they want one home online. The redesign is intended to be an online home for artists and is full of tools to help enable that.

One of the big features to launch with the redesign is called My Radio, an ad-supported music streaming platform with more than 53 million songs available. “We’re building tools for artist, but we are enabling for music discovery for consumers,” said Tim Vanderhook. Read more

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Justin Timberlake Teases Sexy New Myspace (Mashable)
Fifteen months after its acquisition by Specific Media, we’re finally getting a sneak peek at the new Myspace. Justin Timberlake — who took an ownership stake in the new MySpace — tweeted a link to a video previewing the new service. AllThingsD The promotional video previewed a drastically different, horizontally oriented user interface and a continued emphasis on music, one of the site’s strong points in its nearly 10-year existence. In 2010, there was another attempt to revive the site with then-CEO Mike Jones at the helm; back then, the aim was to create a “social entertainment site” aimed at Gen-Y, Web-savvy users. The Verge Myspace looks like it will integrate well with the dominant Facebook and Twitter platforms — there’s a short clip that shows off finding friends through Facebook as well as posting tweets directly through Myspace. The new service will also encourage users to “bring their stuff,” specifically photo albums, videos, and playlists. AllFacebook It appears that users will be able to bring more information and details from their Facebook profile. Currently, those who sign into Myspace through Facebook automatically import their profile photos, as well as basic information such as birth date, current city and relationship status. WebProNews “We’re hard at work building the new Myspace, entirely from scratch. But we’re staying true to our roots in one important way—empowering people to express themselves however they want. So whether you’re a musician, photographer, filmmaker, designer or just a dedicated fan, we’d love for you to be a part of our brand new community.” That’s all it says at new.myspace.com. There’s an email signup box, and Myspace said it will send an invite your way “very soon.” Read more

Female Marine Asks Justin Timberlake To The Marine Corps Ball On YouTube

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Earlier this week, Sgt Scott Moore, a marine in Afghanistan, made news when he sent Mila Kunis a YouTube video asking her to come with him to the Marine Corps Ball…and she said ‘Yes!’ Now a female marine, Corporal Kelsey De Santis, is trying the same thing—she’s asking Justin Timberlake to be her date for the Ball. Do you think he’ll say ‘Yes’?

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Julia Allison to Make Social Studies Fun for Tribune Media Services

Tribune Media Services is hoping that Julia Allison can make Social Studies fun.

Social Studies is a new, weekly column from Allison, which will be made available to TMS’ newspaper and digital-media customers starting March 1.

Allison is best-known for gracing the cover of the August 2008 issue of Wired, and her columns currently appear in amNew York and Time Out New York. She has also written for Newsweek, New York magazine, The Huffington Post, and Cosmopolitan, and she appears alongside Justin Timberlake and Peyton Manning in ads for Sony’s VAIO laptop.

In Social Studies, she will focus on issues and unknowns people have with Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, and LinkedIn via the iPad, desktop, laptop, and smart phone, with initial topics including the dangers of multiple online personalities, netiquette of the Web, babies who Tweet, cyberbullying, and why everyone’s life seems so “perfect” on Facebook.

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2010 MTV Video Music Awards a Social Experience for MTV, Fans

MTV is getting ready to rock ‘n’ roll for the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, which will air live on the cable network from Nokia Theater L.A. Live in Los Angeles Sunday at 9 p.m. ET (tape-delayed PT), announcing sponsorship integrations with Yahoo! and Verizon Communications; integration with Twitter and foursquare; and VMA-themed collections from the Rock Band 3 Avatar Store.

Yahoo! and MTV teamed up on Behind the Lens, a series on the VMA hub on MTV.com that adds pop-up Flash overlays to five VMA-nominated videos: B.o.B‘s “Airplanes,” Katy Perry‘s “California Gurls,” Jason Derulo‘s “In My Head,” Usher‘s “OMG,” and 3OH!3 featuring Ke$ha‘s “My First Kiss.” Previous winners Beyoncé‘s “Single Ladies,” Green Day‘s “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” and Justin Timberlake‘s “Sexy Back” are also featured. And Yahoo! is the official sponsor of the VMA live stream.

MTV News’ Jim Cantiello will contribute breaking news, backstage coverage, and insider access to Sean Kingston, sponsored by Verizon, which will offer two-minute clips via its V CAST video service and the MTV app for Android-powered mobile phones.

The music television network will also debut a new version of Stamen Design‘s Twitter Tracker, a real-time graph of activity on the microblogging service, which displays larger images for people or awards generating the most Tweets, and also allows users to sign on to their accounts and Tweet directly from the page.

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Sony Buys Other Half of BMG

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It’s the end of an era. The Associated Press is reporting that Bertelsmann AG will sell its 50-percent stake in music business Sony BMG to Sony Corp. in a $1.2 billion deal, the companies announced Tuesday. That gives Sony full ownership of the joint venture whose artists include Celine Dion, Bruce Springsteen, Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys and Usher.

The new company will be called Sony Music Entertainment. “This move is consistent with our new growth strategy and will enable us to focus on our defined growth areas,” Bertelsmann CEO Hartmut Ostrowski said in a statement. “Sony has been an excellent partner, and they are the right company to take this business to the next step and ensure that it realizes its full value and potential.”

Sony continues to consolidate its portfolio as the only company that sells music players, cell phones, online music services, and is also a major music label that provides content for all of those things.

Timberlake Gets His Own Mobile Channel

Timberlake_VCAST_thumb.jpgJustin Timberlake has joined up with Verizon Wireless to offer “JT-TV,” a dedicated video channel through their VCAST mobile video subscription service. The channel will feature four exclusive “themes,” as Verizon refers to them: Fashion, Film, Music, and Lifestyle, though scant details are available about how the themes will be structured.

V CAST is a subscription-based service available from Verizon on select cell phones for $15 per month. It streams previously recorded clips, but not live TV.

  • JT-TV on Verizon Wireless V CAST (via The NewsMarket)